No time to be a melting sugar lump
• More than 10,000 pensioners have just received notice they are being taxed on their contributory OAP. This is the latest incursion on the aged. They already have to subscribe to the new austerity measures everybody else is compelled to endure.
In view of all this, what really vexed me was the tension a few days ago, between Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin concerning the salary cap for the new secretary general of the Department of Finance. It was nauseating!
The Government, not very long ago, put what the public believed to be an 'ironclad cap' of €200,000 on the maximum pay levels for higher positions right across the public service -- comparable to the Taoiseach's salary.